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  • Correction - Feb. 13, 2013

    A story in Friday’s Optic erroneously reported that the Feb. 1 house fire in Mora County was at the home of Manuel Martinez. The fire burned the Patrick Martinez home.

  • Resignation leaves church scrambling

    By Nicole Winfield and Victor L. Simpson
    The Associated Press

    VATICAN CITY — With a few words in Latin, Pope Benedict VXI did Monday what no pope has done in more than half a millennium, announcing his resignation and sending the already troubled Catholic Church scrambling to replace the leader of its 1 billion followers by Easter.

  • Pope’s mission to revive faith clouded by scandal

    By Nicole Winfield
    The Associated Press

    VATICAN CITY — Benedict XVI always cast himself as the reluctant pope, a shy bookworm who preferred solitary walks in the Alps to the public glare and the majesty of Vatican pageantry. But once in office, he never shied from charting the Catholic Church on the course he thought it needed — a determination reflected in his stunning announcement Monday that he would be the first pope to resign since 1415.

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  • Rangers’ coach says team moving in right direction

    Mora boys’ basketball coach James Branch says his Rangers are among the most dangerous teams in Class 2A as the season nears its conclusion.

    “I think we are back in full force,” he said. “We have suffered numerous injuries the past three weeks, but our game against Peñasco this weekend was a good indication that we are still in the thick of things.”

  • City explores fuel backup

    In June 2011, the Track fire burned thousands of acres near Raton and damaged a block gas valve, forcing Las Vegas’ natural gas supplier to shut down the pipeline that services the city.

    Fortunately, the damage was repaired quickly, and the city’s natural gas customers never had to deal with a disruption in their service.

    But the incident served as a reminder of the precarious situation the city is in with only one natural gas pipeline coming into the city and no backup if that ever goes off line.

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  • Police arrest two more on DWI charges

    A call to the Drunk Busters hotline helped authorities nab one repeated drunk driver on Super Bowl Sunday while an inoperable headlight led police to another repeat drunk driver the previous Friday, court documents state.

    Michael Mora, 54 of Rainsville was charged with his fifth DWI, a fourth-degree felony, and with having an open container in his vehicle, a misdemeanor.

  • Highlands, Luna hosting college night

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University and Luna Community College will sponsor the 14th annual College Night this Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center at 1751 North Grand Ave. in Las Vegas.   

    The free information event features a Mardi Gras theme with finger foods served in a light buffet. The information tables will give out Mardi Gras bead necklaces to people who visit their table. Participants who collect 15 necklaces will get a free College Night T-shirt.

  • Top paid lawmakers got nearly $21K

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The highest compensated member of the New Mexico Legislature collected nearly $21,000 last year under a system that provides no annual salary to lawmakers but grants them daily expense reimbursements.

    Sen. Richard Martinez, an Española Democrat, received $20,922 for last year’s legislative session and attending committee meetings during the year, according to information from the Department of Finance and Administration obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request.